Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. Tesla Roadster 181

    Tesla Roadster 181 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    The text in the last panel is confusing to me. I’m no grammar expert (nor Nazi), but I’m reading it as future tense — something that they’ll do in the future will land them in the fire from the frying pan.

    Did Mr. Johnson perhaps make a mistake? To my mind, if the text were changed to either “Gus said we’d be jumping …” or to “Gus says we’re jumping …”, then it’d make more sense.

    Not a big deal, but it caused me mentally “trip” and get distracted from what I expect was intended to be the punch line.

  2. knittyditty

    knittyditty said, almost 3 years ago

    @Tesla Roadster 181

    It’s a Southern thang! You wouldn’t understand.

  3. Q4horse

    Q4horse said, almost 3 years ago

    This is what happens to any small farmer that dares to defy Monsanto.

  4. the old professor

    the old professor said, almost 3 years ago

    Tesla Roadster – I think it might mean “We would be jumping from the frying pan into the fire” – if we switched to the restaurant business. (That’s what I thought when I read it anyway!)

  5. doublepaw

    doublepaw said, almost 3 years ago

    Seems to me it means if they switched from the restaurant business which they are in to farming they would be jumping into the fire.

  6. 1MadHat

    1MadHat GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @knittyditty

    I’m from Chicago, and didn’t have any problem understanding them.

  7. Manhunter808

    Manhunter808 said, almost 3 years ago

    Tesla Roadster 181.. if you’re asking about the tense change, in the present, Gus says to them, in reference to a future event (they would be jumping…) The expression is an old one meaning going from a hot frying pan (on the stove) into the fire of the burner heating it … sort of like going from bad to worse, but certainly not to better.

  8. Manhunter808

    Manhunter808 said, almost 3 years ago

    P.S. I’m from Chicago, too.

  9. junieb

    junieb said, almost 3 years ago

    Gene looks like Shaggy from the Scooby Doo cartoons.

  10. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 3 years ago

    Yeah, I think he was talking about going back in the restaurant business……And I think Gene looks great…..What’s wrong with a beard and long hair?

  11. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 3 years ago

    Manhunt, Chicago is a great town…..

  12. Varnes

    Varnes said, almost 3 years ago

    Mad Hat Manhunt, Chicago is a great town…

  13. Davepostmp

    Davepostmp said, almost 3 years ago

    @knittyditty

    Yeah, they talk funny down there.

  14. Paul Roese

    Paul Roese GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    of course nothing can be done about the weather but there is a wealth of information to be found about farming on line at at various colleges that deal with agriculture or even talking to actual farmers! but there is no getting around the fact that farming is hard work.

  15. Will O'the Glen

    Will O'the Glen GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Tesla: Yes, ol’ Jimmy mixed tenses in the text in the last panel. It’s not “a Southern thang”, it’s poor grammar…

    Also, am I the only one who thinks that Gene looks more like an anthropomorphic cartoon dog than a cartoon human?

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